in celebration of friday: pomegranate cosmopolitan

While it may not be the most sophisticated drink, I have a thing for the cosmopolitan. When we’re having dinner out, I usually order a glass of wine since I’m more comfortable navigating a wine list. However, if I do order a cocktail, I’ll usually go for a cosmo or some other jazzed-up martini with some sweetness to it. And on beach vacations, I love a great piña colada.

But, alas, we are not at the beach and there is not a piña colada in sight. It is Friday, though, and that’s enough reason to celebrate. Let’s have a pomegranate cosmopolitan, shall we?

In the interest of full disclosure: I was sent samples of Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice by the good folks at Pom Wonderful. I accepted because I loved the product long before they offered to send me some, and I always have a bottle in my refrigerator.

Yield: 1 drink

Pomegranate Cosmopolitan

There are lots of recipes out there for the cosmopolitan, and almost all of them have four basic components - vodka, orange liqueur, lime juice, and cranberry juice. For this one, I just substituted pomegranate juice for the cranberry juice. Very simple to do.


1 1/2 ounces citrus vodka
1 ounce Cointreau
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice (juice from about 1/2 of a lime)
1/2 ounce pomegranate juice
1 cup ice
wedge of lime, for garnish


In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, and pomegranate juice. Add ice and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish glass with a wedge of lime.

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12 Responses to “in celebration of friday: pomegranate cosmopolitan”

  1. 1
    Gail — June 25, 2010 @ 7:53 am

    I think I need one now. Stress fractured metatarsal demands this kind of medicine, don’t you think?

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    Pomegranate juice is a wonderful ingredient… but it’s particularly delicious in alcoholic beverages. Cosmos get such a bad rap, but I think a lot of bars tend to over sweeten them. This recipe sounds perfectly boozy, with just a little sweetness coming from the juice and Cointreau.

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    merrygourmet — June 25, 2010 @ 12:15 pm

    Gail – Yep. I think you need a prescription for one. Or two.

    Brian – It was definitely boozy, but not overwhelmingly so. I love using pomegranate juice in drinks. 🙂

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    Barbara @ VinoLuciStyle — June 25, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

    Sophisticated is in the eye of the beholder, don’t you think? My daughter and her friends think ANYTHING in a martini glass pretty doggone up there!

    I’m so with you…love a cosmopolitan or other such ‘girly’ drink. Appreciate the idea of Pom; especially since I have some of it in the pantry. Now.

    Ever had a lemon drop martini? Just had one the other night for the first time in a long time. Love those too; bet you would as well.

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    Magic of Spice — June 25, 2010 @ 2:31 pm

    I think I will have 2:)

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    Winnie — June 25, 2010 @ 5:03 pm

    ok, that looks fantastic!

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    FrenchPressMemos — June 26, 2010 @ 12:12 am

    Never been one to turn down a nice Cosmo. Fun bright summer recipe!

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    The Housewife — June 26, 2010 @ 2:33 am

    I love pom juice… this sounds great for a summer night out on the town! 🙂

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    Jean — June 26, 2010 @ 9:55 pm

    I’m like you, I typically order wine when dining out, but I live to enjoy a good cosmo now and then. A pomegranate one is a sure winner in my book. 🙂

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    Jason Phelps — June 30, 2010 @ 11:31 pm

    Loving the POM these days, huh? The gelato is gone, I couldn’t help myself.

    I started some cranberry infused vodka about a month ago and just used it this week in a cosmo. So good. Using some POM juice instead of the blueberry/grape I was using would make it a bit more tart which might be quite nice.

    Drink on!


  12. 11

    Oh we are going to get along so well at IFBC!!! That is all!

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